A Yankee dog heads for Westminster Kennel Club show

Randy Levine with his Labs, one of which may or may not be Mitch. (Family photo via AP) Randy Levine with his Labs, one of which may or may not be Mitch. (Family photo via AP)

One of the Yankees’ prized prospects has made it to the show — the Westminster Kennel Club dog show that runs today and Tuesday in Madison Square Garden.

And, no, it isn’t a poodle named A-Rod.

It’s Mitch, a 5-year-old yellow Labrador retriever whose co-owner is New York Yankees President Randy Levine.

“He’s like Derek Jeter,” Levin said (via the Associated Press). “Very calm.”

Mitch isn’t the first member of the Yankees’ canine family to prance on the floor of the Garden. Lou Gehrig’s German shepherd and Mike Mussina’s Irish setter competed, as did St. Bernards belonging to Jacob Ruppert, the owner who acquired Babe Ruth.

“I don’t think Randy would be half as excited if it was the World Series,” Tom Flaherty, Levine’s co-owner and breeder, said.

He wasn’t kidding. Levine seems pumped. “This is Mitch’s first time. Let him get his paws wet,” he said. “I’m excited. It’s like a playoff game for me. It’s Westminster, it’s the whole environment.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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